Environmental Science, Geography, and Management BS

The BS degree emphasizes applying the natural and geospatial sciences to challenges in environmental management. Students in this degree plan go on to careers in fields such as, but not limited to: watershed and forest management, environmental restoration and conservation science, geographic information system (GIS) analysis, and sustainable energy management and design.

All Environmental Science, Geography, and Management BS focal areas share the same core Foundational, Breadth, and Professional Preparation and Experience courses. See the tables below for specific requirements. For questions and further information, consult with your faculty advisor. #Jump to Focal Areas

 

Foundation Courses (11 Units)

 

The Physical Environment
Course Units GE
GEP 201 Global Environmental Systems 3 B1

 

Environmental Analysis and Inquiry (take both)
Course Units GE
GEP 211 GEP Forum 1  
GEP 280 Foundations in Environ. Data & Analysis 4  

 

Society, Environment, and Development (choose one)
Course Units GE
GEP 203 Human Geography 3 D2
GEP 206 Society, Environment, and Sustainable Development 3 E
GEP 305/6 World Regions in Global Context 3 D

 

Lower-division Natural and Data Science Foundation Courses (Minimum 10 Units - Select either the Biological Science Theme or the Physical Science Theme, then select one additional course from an alternate theme)

Biological Science Theme
Course Units GE
BIOL 130 Intro to Cell Biology and Genetics 4 B2, B3
BIOL 131 Biological Diversity and Ecology 4 B2, B3

 

Physical Science Theme
Course Units GE
CHEM 110 or CHEM 115A 3-5 B1; B1, B3
CHEM 115B 5 B1, B3
PHYS 114 or 210A 3-4 B1 or B3
PHYS 214 or 210B 3-4  

 

Geospatial Data Science Theme
Course Units GE
CS 115 Programming I 4  

 

Breadth Courses (15 Units - choose one course from each category)

 

Environmental Systems
Courses Units GE
GEP 340 Applied Ecology 3  
GEP 351 Natural Hazards 3 B
GEP 355 Weather and Climate 3 B

 

Geospatial Analysis
Course Units GE
GEP 387 Introduction to GIS 4  

 

Society, Environment, and Development
Course Units GE
GEP 324 Climate Change & Society 4  
GEP 325 Global Food Systems 4  
GEP 330 Environmental History 4  

 

Sustainability in Urban Environments
Course Units GE
GEP 360 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning 4  
GEP 370 Globalization and the City  4  
GEP 373 Energy, Technology & Society  4  

 

Professional Preparation & Experiences (Minimum 5 Units)

Professional Preparation & Experiences (Minimum 5 Units)
Course Units GE
GEP 310 Professional Development (Required) 2  
GEP 311 * Research Colloquium (Required) 1  
GEP 201b Global Environmental Systems Lab 1 B3
GEP 312 Professional Conferences 1-2  
GEP 313 Field Experience 1-2  
GEP 316 Research Assistant in GEP 1-4  
GEP 317 Internship 1-4  
GEP 318 Agroecology in Practice 2  
GEP 319 Native Plant Propagation in Practice 2  

* GEP 311 is repeatable, but only 1 unit may count in this category

GEP Electives (Minimum 21 Units)

Take 3 courses in one focus area. Take additional electives within any focus to reach 21 units. Must take at least one 400-level course at junior/senior year (72+units). Breadth courses do not count as electives.

Focus 1:  Environmental Management and Policy
Course Units GE
GEP 323 Resource Mgmt. & Devel. Global Pers 4  
GEP 324 Climate Change and Society 4  
GEP 325 Global Food Systems 3-4  
GEP 330 Environmental History 3-4  
GEP 333 Natural Resource Planning 4  
GEP 335 US Environmental Policy 4  
GEP 336 US Environmental Law 3  
GEP 337 Landscape History of the Am. West 4  
GEP 360 Intro to Urban and Regional Planning 4  
GEP 362 Environmental Impact Assessment 4  
GEP 367 Transportation Policy and Technology 3-4  
GEP 368 Urban Design 3-4  
GEP 422 Globalization and Environments 4  
GEP 431 Restoration and Society 4  

 

Focus 2:  Environmental Systems
Course Units GE
GEP 340 Applied Ecology 3  
GEP 343 Biogeography 4  
GEP 344 Field Methods 2  
GEP 345 Lab Methods 2  
GEP 346 Restoration Ecology 4  
GEP 350 Geomorphology 4  
GEP 351 Natural Hazards 3 B
GEP 352 Soil Science 3-4  
GEP 354 Watershed Hydrology Management 4  
GEP 355 Weather and Climate 3 B
GEP 447 Conservation Biology 4  
GEP 456 Global Climate Change 4  

 

Focus 3: Energy, Management, and Design
Course Units GE
GEP 373 Energy, Technology, & Society 3-4  
GEP 374a Stategies for Carbon and Energy Reductions 3  
GEP 374b Laboratory Methods for Energy 1  
GEP 375 Renewable & Resilient Energy Sources 4  
GEP 476 Energy Services and Efficiency 4  

 

Focus 4:  Geospatial Science
Course Units GE
GEP 380 Environmental Remote Sensing 4  
GEP 385 Cartographic Visualization 3-4  
GEP 388 Environmental GIS 3-4  
GEP 486 Environmental Data Analysis 4  
GEP 489 Advanced GIS 3-4  

 

Natural and Data Science Electives Outside GEP (Minimum 6 Units)

In consultation with an Academic Advisor select courses in the appropriate area. Note: Classes may have LD prerequisites (see LD Natural and Data Science Foundation courses above).

Biological Science Theme Units GE
BIOL 314; 322; 323; 324; 327; 329; 330; 332; 333; 334; 335; 337; 338; 341; 351 4  

 

Physical Science Theme
Course Units GE
CHEM 300 Chemistry of Sustainability 3 B
CHEM 335A Organic Chemistry 3  
CHEM 336A Organic Chemistry Lab I 2  
GEOL 303 Advanced Geology 4 B
GEOL 310 Geophysics 4  
GEOL 323 Hydrology 3  

 

Data Science Theme
Course Units GE
ANTH 328 New Tech Arch and Cult Heritage 4  
BIOL 485 Biometry 4  
CS 210 Intro to UNIX 1  
CS 215 Programming II 4  
CS 355 Database Managment 4  
CS 370 Software Design & Dev. 4  
CS 386 Selected Topics in CS with Lab 3  
ECON 317 Introduction to Econometrics 4  
ES 314 Adv. Programming, Simulation & Modeling 4  
MATH 161 Differential and Integral Calculus I 4  
PHYS 381 Computer Applications for Scientists 2